The State of Blacks in Golf

The thrilling, emotionally charged inauguration Tuesday of the nation’s first African-American First Golfer cannot go unnoticed in this space. Barack Obama, who plays left-handed, clearly loves the game and shoots in the 90s. During his final prepresidential vacation last month in Hawaii, he managed to squeeze in two rounds and has said that he aspires, postpresidentially, to become a single-digit handicapper.

From a golf perspective, the most intriguing aspect of the inauguration festivities was the appearance on Sunday, at the HBO-produced Lincoln Memorial concert, of the world’s First Golfer, Tiger Woods, also an African-American. This was of interest, first, because Mr. Woods appeared nervous. For us golf fans, it was the first time I can recall getting to witness Mr. Cool operating out of his comfort zone, which suggests that his serenity in the clutch may not be a gift from God after all, but something that can be learned. There’s hope for us all.

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1/24/09